Administration Profiles at EMMC

It takes a special team to lead more than 4,000 talented individuals and coordinate it into the kind of sophisticated care our patients find at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. 

Balancing the demands of excellent care, service people will remember, the best work experience employees can have, and managing financial strategies to meet challenging times, requires constant guidance. 

We invite you to meet our talented leadership team.

Vice President and Senior Physician Executive of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

James Clarke, MD, is the senior vice president and senior physician executive of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
 
As an enthusiastic supporter of patient safety, clinical quality, and service, Dr. Clarke oversees a wide variety of physician and clinical functions for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. They include – quality and safety officer, executive director for the president of the medical staff, oversight of chiefs of service, physician leader at executive level, and collaborator with vice president of Provider Services and the senior vice president of Operations to lead the physician practices.
 
He excels at bringing people together around a common purpose and enjoys fostering resilient multi-disciplinary teams that provide comprehensive care to patients and the community.
 
As a physician leader Dr. Clarke is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society.
 
Prior to joining the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Dr. Clarke served as general surgeon and faculty member at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.  
 
Education:
Princeton University
Weill Cornell Medical School
New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center
 
Dr. Clarke became the senior vice president and senior physician executive of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in 2020.
 

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Senior Vice President of Operations for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Marc EdelmanMarc Edelman, FACHE, is senior vice president of operations for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
 
As the senior vice president of Operations and a member of the leadership team, Marc is responsible and accountable for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center meeting the mission and vision of the organization. 
 
Some of Marc’s key areas of focus include increasing access and growing services for patients and securing funding for equipment and facilities. Marc’s priorities also include ensuring quality and safety and supporting the patient and staff experience. Additionally, Marc oversees direct and system matrix programs; services; and professional, ancillary, and support departments.
 
Marc passionately believes that everyone should have access to quality health care, provided in a caring, compassionate and in a collaborative decision-making relationship. Since arriving in Maine, he has become involved in the issue of food insecurity, which impacts families in many ways. His other life passion is spending time with his wife, visiting their children, and exploring Maine while biking and fly fishing.
 
Community is important to Marc, and that is evident in his service to the Bangor Lions Club, as well as his role as board member for Life Flight of Maine and his work as a member on the City of Bangor board of ethics.
 
Marc came to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in 2017 from Providence Hospital in Washington DC where he held the senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer position. 
 
Education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Stockton State University, Pomona, New Jersey
Master of Health Administration, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
 
Marc became senior vice president, Operations, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in 2017.
 
Favorite Quote:
“People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

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Senior Vice President, Northern Light Health and President, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Randheadshot2017-(1).jpgRand J. O’Leary, MSA, FACHE is a senior vice president of Northern Light Health, and president of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
 
He is responsible for leading Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and ensuring safe, compassionate care is accessible to the northern two-thirds of Maine.
 
Rand is passionate about serving the community and addressing social determinants of health to ensure all Mainers have access to the care they need. He finds purpose in helping our most vulnerable and is a dedicated servant leader who believes strongly in the merits of continuous learning and self-reflection.
 
As a healthcare leader, Rand is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
 
Prior to joining Northern Light Health, he gained more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in hospital and health systems, surgical services, neurosciences, cardiovascular, ambulatory and physician practice management with organizations such as the Henry Ford Health System, Peace Health, Ascension Healthcare, and Trinity Health. 
 
Education
Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, Central Michigan University
 
Rand became president of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in 2019.  
 
Favorite Quote
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” – Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Deborah (Deb) Sanford, MBA, MSN, RN is the vice president of nursing and patient care services for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
 
As a true patient advocate as well as experienced leader, Deb works hard to integrate strategic planning, development, and standards of care to improve patient experience quality and financial outcomes. These areas of focus are all critical to successful Nursing/Patient Care Services operations. She is also a key member of the leadership team that ensures compliance with quality standards as it relates to the care provided to all patients.
 
Drawing from her years of nursing and leadership experience, Deb also defines and implements a unified nursing culture that will promote a multidisciplinary care model approach for advancing the continuity of care.
 
She is passionate about the pursuit of excellent patient care and treating patients as if they were a part of her own family, which is another top priority in her life. Deb also enjoys making a difference in her community and profession.
 
Deb contributes to her profession and community by being involved in a variety of organizations. She is a member of the Maine State Board of Nursing, a returning board member of the United Way of Eastern Maine (previous past president) and is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Society member.
 
Prior to joining Northern Light Health in 1996, Deb was a nurse leader at Strong Member Hospital, University of Rochester; an adjunct faculty member at St. John Fisher College and a Financial Analysist for Morgan Stanley & Company.
 
Education:
BSN – Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
MBA – University of Rochester, Simon School of Business, Rochester, NY
MSN – St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
Executive Fellow; Baldridge Executive Fellow Program
 
Deb became vice president of Nursing and Patient Care Services in January 2015.

Favorite Quote:
“Have the passion, take the action and magic will happen.”
~ Bar Refaeli
 

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Vice President of Human Resources and Patient Experience East Region for Northern Light Health

Ali Worster, Esq Ali Worster, Esq. is the vice president of Human Resources and Patient Experience of the East Region for Northern Light Health.
 
As vice president of Human Resources and Patient Experience, East Region, Ali participates in the planning and implementation of strategies to ensure that Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is a great place to give and receive care. She is specifically responsible for providing direction to patient experience, human resources, volunteer services, community health initiatives and community health strategic plan, education and leadership training, and employee health and employee wellness in collaboration with Northern Light Health system support.
 
She is also charged with leading and improving employee and labor relations, providing learning and career pathways for all staff, recruitment and retention, local diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, policy administration, performance management, employee recognition events, salary administration, co-leading cultural transformation, resolving employee complaints and ensuring compliance with a myriad of legal and regulatory requirements related to her areas of responsibility.

Ali views all staff, volunteers, providers and vendors as part of the care team, and is passionate about helping each one learn and develop into the highest caliber of care giver, no matter which role they play on the team. Ali champions individual and collective ownership of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and the care we provide.
 
She maintains an active membership with the Maine State Bar, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Bangor Y, Hillside School and the Challenger Center, and regularly volunteers with many local non-profits.
 
Prior to joining Northern Light Health Eastern Maine Medical Center in 2017, Ali served as the senior manager and chief negotiator for labor relations at Bath Iron Works and on the Northern Light Health legal team.
 
Education:
 
University of Tennessee, Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Philosophy
University of Maine School of Law, Juris Doctorate
Drexel University, LLM Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Compliance

 

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Senior Vice President of Finance for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Stephen (Steve) Kenney is our senior vice president of Finance for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Steve is responsible for the day-to-day financial operational activities of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and will work closely with leaders and teams in Financial Analysis, Materials Management, Patient Financial Services, Patient Access, Medical Group Finance Director, Physician Practice Revenue Cycle, and Health Information Management Services. His duties also include monitoring compliance with Northern Light Health’s accounting policy, as well as working with leadership and other departments to implement best practices throughout the hospital.

With his combined background in higher education and healthcare, Steve is committed to promoting a learning environment in the workplace that focuses on being aware of the impact of technology on society and how to harness these technological advances to deliver the highest quality healthcare services to patients and the community. Steve and his family lived in six countries and have traveled extensively to many others. Through these cross-cultural experiences he has learned the importance of respecting different viewpoints and being open to change.

Steve enjoys sharing his experiences with his peers through various professional organizations and engaging with students in the classroom.  He taught courses on accounting, audit, and finance at Husson University and at several overseas universities during his time abroad. 

Steve values every opportunity to serve in local churches and getting out on his bike to support various charities, most notably the American Cancer Society. He is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, and other certifications that Steve has earned during his career include, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Global Management Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Steve’s current interests are in cyber security. 

Education:
University of Maine Orono with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and B.S., Business Administration (Accounting)
 
Steve became the senior vice president of Finance for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in July of 2022.

Favorite quote:
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.   JFK

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